While launching Android One smartphone, Google announced something really interesting and useful. Offline YouTube viewing, which is in news from a long time and many rumors were there that it will be launched soon, will finally be coming to India.
What is offline YouTube viewing?
In this feature of YouTube, a user can download any video of his choice and can watch them later even without internet connection. It would be available for mobile users only thus saving a lot of mobile data. In offline YouTube viewing, a user will have to first download a video by using an internet connection, once it is downloaded, the user can view it later at any time and as much as he wishes to watch it without internet connection.
How it will work?
As this feature of offline YouTube viewing is restricted to only mobile app so there would be an update for the app after which you can use this feature. To download videos, users will have to press an “add to device” button, which should be present somewhere on the page of the video. For saving a video you need a data connection. After this video will be stored in the device for as long as user wish to keep. Once it is saved to the device, user can view it later at any time and this time there would be no need of internet connection.
Why there is a need of offline YouTube viewing?
Our country consumes over 3.7 billion videos in a month. According to a report, the total online video audience in India saw a huge growth of over 70 percent in 2013 with the average person watching 18 percent more videos and these numbers are expected to increase in the coming years. It would be beneficial for those who wish to watch their favorite videos again and again. Apart from saving lots of mobile data, a user will enjoy buffer free video and that too at almost free of cost.
How will YouTube monetize from offline YouTube viewing?
Well, this is an interesting part. In a normal YouTube video, there are all kinds of ads that pop up while watching the video. There are also some pre-roll ads which starts playing even before the video gets start. Then there are banners which you must have noticed below your videos. All these ads are a huge source of monetization for YouTube and they need an internet connection to play. Right now there is no news on how Google will tackle this problem. It may possibly that even the ads are downloaded while downloading the videos. But, better to wait for the official announcement.
When will this feature be launched?
For YouTube offline viewing, the wait is not so long. However, Google has not made any announcements on when it will be going to launch this feature, but indeed it is a good news for all the mobile users. Also, there is no news about all those countries in which offline YouTube viewing will be possible. Although, Indian users can start celebrating as it is confirmed that it will be coming in India.
What are your views on this feature? Let us know how excited you are for offline YouTube viewing.